Building a gaming rig, need Mobo advice

Please dont flame. I have searched the forums a bit but didnt find the answer I was looking for. I am looking to build my own pc ( first time) and am confused as to whether or not i need to go for a $400 dollar board or if i only need something like asrock z75 pro , or if i should go with the asus maximus extreme or formula. I do plan to over clock a bit. Will be running an i7 2600k , or something high end like that. I dont plan on sli. gtx 680 for now and plan to get the 690 in the future. thanks
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  1. nobody is going to flame you no worries!Here some recommendations mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819#top

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820#top

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545#top

    mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157295&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=#top
  2. thanks, so i really dont need to pay 400 for the board. Just out of curiosity. What would be the benefit or having the maximus extreme over one of these cheaper boards?
  3. Nope. You really don't need to get a $400 board - Thought they do have something in them. The features and all are absolutely mindblowing. I use a Maximus V Extreme and it's undoubtedly the BEST board I have ever used/tested.

    But anyway, you can get something like a P8Z77 V-PRO which is more than enough. All those high end 400-500$ boards are for extreme enthusiast. Say for example - The Maximus V Extreme is for Extreme Overclocking and Craaaaazzyyy graphics (Allows 4 graphic cards SLI/CrossFireX), the Maximus V Formula is for Extreme Gaming (Amazing sound).

    But, honestly, a P8Z77 V-PRO or a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H is all you need unless you're an super-enthusiast and want the best of the best.

    I highly recommend you go for a P8Z77 V-PRO or the UD5H if you want to go mid-range.

    If you wanna go high, and if you're fine spending 40$ more - Get the Maximus V Formula. It's AMAZING. The second best I've used. It's got everything that the Extreme have (Other than 4 graphic cards capability) - With better audio - Great overclocking ability - EVERYTHING.

    The formula is simply mind-blowing for its $279 price tag - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131854
  4. And instead of getting a 2600K, get a 3570K i5 or a 3770K i7.
  5. thanks a lot for the help
  6. Not a problem! Go for the Formula if possible - You won't be disappointed! :)
  7. polarissucks01 said:
    thanks, so i really dont need to pay 400 for the board. Just out of curiosity. What would be the benefit or having the maximus extreme over one of these cheaper boards?
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PRO-Motherboard/1529 The link shows all the stats of the Asus Z77 line of motherboards.
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